M’s dilemma XII: On the border

Almost four years after being abducted from her home in Vietnam and sold as a bride in China, my trafficked friend M was nearly home. M’s Chinese “husband” had, unexpectedly, given his permission for M to visit her family in Vietnam.As an illegal...
M’s dilemma XI: Clever girl

M’s dilemma XI: Clever girl

M’s story had been a horrific one – yet how was she to prove it?When she’d been abducted as a teenager from her home in Vietnam and trafficked into China, my young Hmong friend had been stripped of her clothes, her Vietnamese phone, and her...
M’s dilemma X: Hunting the hunter

M’s dilemma X: Hunting the hunter

There are many similarities in the stories of my trafficked Hmong friends M and P. Both were abducted at the age of sixteen from their home in northern Vietnam. Both were deceived, drugged and spirited across the border by young Vietnamese Hmong men. Both were held...
M’s dilemma IX: A case of mistaken identity

M’s dilemma IX: A case of mistaken identity

The past month has, for me, been spent deep in the edit of Sisters For Sale, our feature-length documentary to raise awareness of human trafficking. The film focuses on the stories of my teenaged Hmong friends who were abducted from northern Vietnam and trafficked to...
M’s dilemma VIII: A twist in the tail

M’s dilemma VIII: A twist in the tail

In 2010, while living in the mountains of northern Vietnam, I became friends with a teenaged Hmong girl named M. The following year M was abducted, and was believed trafficked to China for sale as a bride or prostitute. Last year, I finally succeeded in contacting,...

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